BRUNEI Darussalam emerged winners of the Borneo Golf Championship organised by the Prisons Department of Brunei Darussalam after carding a 279 nett at the Pantai Mentiri Golf Club yesterday.
Sabah finished runners-up with 283 nett while Sarawak settled for third place with a total score of 287 nett.
Guest of honour Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong presented the prizes.
Brunei Darussalam team captain Ali bin Haji Rashid expressed his delight of winning the third edition of the tournament for the first time.
“As team captain, I feel happy and grateful because the Brunei Darussalam Prisons Department has won the team category. We trained twice a week and we started in mid-July,” said Ali in an interview with the media.
“This tournament is held every year among Borneo prisons namely Brunei Darussalam, Sabah and Sarawak and it is held by rotation whereby this year Brunei has been given mandate to host the tournament. Insya Allah, next year Sabah will be hosting the tournament,” he added.
The team captain highlighted the challenges of the tournament especially the underlying fact that the course in Pantai Mentiri Golf Club is known to cover a long distance which requires a strong ability and a good striking accuracy.
He mentioned that other teams provided great competition with their experienced players.
Ali also indicated that home advantage favoured Brunei with familiar surroundings at the club.
“While we also have new players who recently started taking up the sport, we also have experienced players who constantly represent the Brunei Darussalam Prisons Department in the Asian Prisons tournament which is more challenging than the field assembled today.
“In addition, the players also have a low handicap which serves as a strength of the Brunei Darussalam team,” he said.
Meanwhile, other winners also included Nurjimi bin Haji Jumaat in the Borneo Prisons gross category with a score of 75 and Haji Bahrin bin Haji Jumaat in the Borneo Prisons nett category with a score of 68.
Director of Brunei Darussalam Prisons Department Haji Ismail bin Haji Murat, in a speech, said that the objective of the competition was to unearth new talent in golf besides fostering closer ties among officers and staff in the Brunei Darussalam Prisons Department, Sabah Prisons and Sarawak Prisons and the Labuan Federal Territory Prisons.
Also present at the prize presentation ceremony was Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare and Law) at the Ministry of Home Affairs Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud.